A deliciously dark bubblegum-gothic fairytale from a stunning new Australian talent.
'He's gone the same way as those little birds that bothered me with their awful songs! And you will too, you and your horrible heart-music, because you won't stay out of my woods!'
There's a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That's not unusual.
Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don't. But when the girl appears at Isola's window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help.
Her real-life friends - Grape, James and new boy Edgar - make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes - the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises - will protect her with all the fierce love they possess.
It may not be enough. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl's demise and appease her enraged spirit, before the ghost steals Isola's last breath.
About the Author
Born in 1989, Allyse Near counts Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, Francesca Lia Block and the Brothers Grimm among her biggest literary influences. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, majoring in Professional and Creative Writing, and won Deakin's inaugural Judith Rodriguez Prize for Fiction for her short story Venus In The Twelfth House while in her second year. Throughout 2010 she was mentored by multiple-Aurealis Award-winning author Jane Routley, and published short stories in a number of literary journals, including Verandah, Short and Twisted, and Etchings. Allyse writes deconstructed pulp-fairytales that almost always revolve around women, the wilderness and witchcraft. Her debut novel is Fairytales for Wilde Girls. She is currently studying at Ballarat University and working on a YA novel she describes as Snow White-meets-Rosemary's Baby.
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Comments about Fairytales for Wilde Girls:
This is one of the best young adult novels I've read in a very long time, it's such a unique book and what I loved most about it was that it had an intriguing plot as well as beautiful writing.
I sometimes mark my favourite passages when I'm reading a book, but with this book I found that putting the sticky notes in was getting to be a problem because I kept highlighting too many sentences! haha
It's one of those books which is so mulit-layered, the author has drawn on so much myth, fairy tale (the dark and gory versions which I love) and literary references, that I feel its a book I'd like to read again to find the literary references I missed the first time.
Some readers might wonder whether it's all going to make sense in the end, the first half of the book feels like reading a book with multiple separate threads, however they all came together nicely and everything fell into place perfectly in the end - plus about half a dozen plot twists! I felt a bit smug because I guessed one of the twists towards the end, but then the book hit me five times in the face with a bunch of other twists in the story I didn't see coming.
If this is Allyse Near's debut novel, then she's definitely an author to watch! She writes beautifully dark, weird twisted magical realism and I'll be interested to see what she writes next!
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 8 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 3rd June 2013
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.31